Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

October 23, 2009 14:30 ET

Winnipeg Firms Awarded Contracts Under Canada's Economic Action Plan to Renovate the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 23, 2009) - The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister for Public Works and Government Services, today announced that two contracts with a combined value of more than $16.5 million have been awarded to renovate the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health (CSCHAH) in Winnipeg. The renovations will upgrade infrastructure at the Public Health Agency of Canada's (PHAC) National Microbiology Laboratory and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease.

"These renovations will enhance our critical federal infrastructure-a key element of Canada's Economic Action Plan," said Minister Toews.

The renovations will be performed at 1015 Arlington St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, on approximately 482 square metres of space that presently house the CSCHAH's existing shipping and receiving areas. As well, a new 1,614 square-metre addition will be built to house other laboratory functions. Site work such as excavation, foundation, sewer and water service upgrades, drainage, grading, paving and landscaping will also be performed.

PCL Constructors Inc. was awarded a contract valued at $14,083,897 on September 28, 2009, to provide construction services as Construction Manager for the work. This award follows the award of an architectural and engineering consultant services contract valued at $2,423,992 on July 21, 2009, to Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Inc-an architectural firm acting as Prime Consultant. Together with a multidisciplinary team of sub-consultants and specialists, Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Incorporated will perform design and inspection services. Both contracts were awarded following an open and fair competitive procurement process.

The awarding of these two contracts will enable Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) to meet critical paths required to renovate and expand the building, using innovative construction management methodology in which both design and construction are performed concurrently. This will accelerate the delivery times and provide greater flexibility in dealing with required design changes. PWGSC, PHAC, Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Incorporated, and PCL Constructors Inc. will work in partnership to meet the critical paths identified in the compressed project delivery schedule.

"We're pleased to announce the awarding of these contracts to Canadian companies," said Minister Paradis. "Their use of innovative construction management practices will accelerate the renovation work, resulting in the needed enhancements to the Laboratory being in place far sooner than with conventional methods."

These infrastructure upgrades at the Centre demonstrate PWGSC's support of PHAC's mandate to provide such critical services as pandemic research, planning, management, logistics and response. Work under the terms of both contracts is anticipated to be complete by March 31, 2011.

Through the Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is investing $12 billion in new infrastructure funding for roads, bridges, broadband Internet access, electronic health records, laboratories and border crossings across Canada.

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This news release is available online at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.


BACKGROUNDER

Renovations to the Canadian Science Centre of Human and Animal Health (CSCHAH) 1015 Arlington St., Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health in Winnipeg is a world leading infectious disease facility jointly operated by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. CSCHAH houses CFIA's National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease and the PHAC's National Microbiology Laboratory, both world leaders in their fields.

The project, managed by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), will respond to the lack of physical space in the common service areas relating to waste management, specimen receiving, culture media preparation, stores, shipping/receiving, and real property safety and security at the CSCHAH. These areas are currently overcrowded and inadequate to support present and future activities at the facility. The expansion will include a new three-story addition to the common service area, as well as related site modifications. Upgrades will be done to the existing loading areas, compactor room, receiving area, and surrounding spaces on the main floor.

PWGSC administered fair and open competitive processes seeking both a design consultant and a construction manager to perform the work. Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Incorporated of Winnipeg was awarded the contract for consultant services, while PCL Constructors Inc., also of Winnipeg, was awarded the contract for construction services. The successful firms will be using an innovative "construction management methodology" to complete the work-a "fast-track" approach to project delivery in which design and construction are performed at the same time. This allows for much greater flexibility, responsiveness and timeliness in project delivery.

Work on the renovations is anticipated to be complete by March 31, 2011.

Contact Information

  • Office of the President of the Treasury Board
    Christine Csversko
    Director of Communications
    613-957-2666
    or
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Media Relations
    819-956-2315